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Beach Party/ Bikini Beach (Midnite Movies Double Feature)

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  • Actors: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, Don Rickles, Harvey Lembeck
  • Directors: William Asher
  • Writers: William Asher, Lou Rusoff, Leo Townsend, Robert Dillon
  • Producers: Anthony Carras, James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007R4TQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,619 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Pop star Frankie Avalon and former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello inaugurated the beach movie proper (after Gidget tested the waters) with this celebration of surf, sand, rock & roll music, and, of course, sex. Frankie carries Annette (named Doris in the film) over the threshold of a beach cabin as she whispers "It's just like we're married." "Exactly!" he smiles before tripping over a dozen friends camping out on the floor. Well, not quite, as it turns out in the boys-against-girls contest of one-upmanship and jealous tantrums. Frankie woos the pneumatic Scandinavian Eva Six and Annette flirts with frumpy anthropologist Bob Cummings (wearing a beard that would scare Grizzly Adams). Meanwhile he secretly studies the mating rituals of the beach tribe with his eternally frustrated assistant Dorothy Malone. Harvey Lembeck (from Stalag 17) is the aging juvenile delinquent Eric von Zipper, a spastic motorcycle gang leader, while Morey Amsterdam recites silly beat poetry in a Chinese mask and surf rocker Dick Dale plays bongos and wears a gold earring. Look for bit parts by Beach Boy Brian Wilson (as a surfer) and Peter Falk (as a biker) and a cameo by Vincent Price. This first beach romp is about as sophisticated as a Keystone Kops farce (it ends with a slapstick free-for-all that wouldn't be out place in the silent era), but it's dumb, fluffy fun with lots of hunky boys and pretty bikinied girls shaking their booties and making out. The next in the series is Bikini Beach. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Beach Party(released July/63)stars the dynamic duo of Frankie Avalon as,who else,Frankie,and Annette Funicello as Dolores.Thrown into the mix is good old Bob Cummings as the Professor,Dorothy Malone as his assistant Marianne,Morey Amsterdam as Cappy and my favourite mirth maker of the entire series Harvey Lembeck as Erick Von Zipper.Bob Cummings had just come off his not so successful sequel to his long running show(and one of my all time faves of the day)The Bob Cummings Show or Love that Bob.
The story is pretty simple.Frankie and Annette plan some "alone" time at a beach house,only to find Annette has kyboshed it all by inviting all their beach buds to the house too.Frankie is ticked and as Frankie gets mad,so does Annette.Each seek to make the other jealous throughout the picture.Thrown into this scene is a professor(Cummings)who is a world explorer and expert on foreign cultures and their sociological and psychological habits.He flies a small plane onto the beach and rents a beach pad right near the happening with Frankie and Annette and the crowd.As the young guys and gals surf,talk romantic and sing and dance to the beat of Dick Dale and the Deltones,the professor is in his house with sophisticated listening and watching equipment and taking notes for his new book.
Eventually the professor makes contact with Annette and of course Frankie's jealousy goes off the charts.The professor through Annette,who has taken a fancy to him,tries to get in the with the in crowd,but has alot of trouble in the beginning.Add to these problems Erick Von Zipper and his gang of rats(guys)and mice(girls),who try and take over running everything.Eventually it all comes down to a big fight with the kids trying to protect the professor who has now got into their good books,after all is revealed.
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BEACH PARTY was the movie that defined a generation....the California beach scene that was the epitome of cool in the sunny 60's.
Dolores (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon) head down to the coast for a summer of swingin' and surfin', only to have their romantic getaway spoiled by Frankie's loud-mouthed friends who have decided to tag along.
When a stuffy, whiskered anthropologist (Bob Cummings - LUCKY ME) and his curvy assistant Marianne (Dorothy Malone) decide to study the teens' partying habits, they end up with more than they bargained for when Professor Sutwell becomes a pawn in Dolores' game to get Frankie jealous and propose to her!
There are fantastic cameos from Eva Six, Morey Amsterdam and even Vincent Price (in a shameless promotional grab for AIP's "The Pit and the Pendulum").
See the gorgeous Candy Johnson shake her moneymaker! Hear the delightful Annette sing the tender ballad "Treat Him Nicely", and roar with laughter at the antics of Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his "Rats"!
Followed by numerous sequels including "Bikini Beach", "Pajama Party", "Beach Blanket Bingo", "Muscle Beach Party" and "How To Stuff a Wild Bikini".
The DVD includes both full-frame and widescreen versions of the film as well as the trailer. (Double-sided, single-layer disc).
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"Bikini Beach," "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Beach Party." Most people when asked to name a beach movie, immediately refer to this Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello '60s trilogy ( I don't include the offshoot "Muscle Beach" flick as part of this authentic ouvre).
In 1963's "Beach Party" Annette went by the name Doris (an homage to Doris Day?). The plots, I use the term loosely, were almost interchangeable -- mostly surf, sand, rock 'n roll and sex -- well, mostly innocent tease really. But what's most remembered is the hope -- false as it turned out -- that the voluptuous Annette would reveal a tad more skin. And then there's Bob Cummings in a patently false beard, Harvey Lembeck as the hyper and astonishingly old juvenile delinquent Eric Von Zipper. And of course the tassled Candy Johnson shaking her bikini'd booty over, or is it under, the credits.
In "Bikini Beach" Annette is now Dee Dee (must be an homage to Sandra Dee) and Frankie stretches his chops by playing two roles. He is his standard sex-crazed surfer guy and also the gap toothed (a nod toward Terry Thomas?) Brit singer potato Bug -- apparently a spoof on the Beatles (remember, this is 1964). A drag race is part of the action and there's an ape that surfs.
"Beach Blanket Bingo" what a great title) is probably the best of the bunch. The dialogue is almost witty. And of course there's the great stone faced silent clown Buster keaton doing his timeless bits of busines. (A burned out alcoholic's sad, haunting and poignant farewell to the genius of his youth.) Don Rickles gets a major break with a part that sealed his antagonistic comic persona. Annette show a little more flesh and Frankie has a tan. The rear projection surf shots are still laughable but the over-all photography is much better. Les Baxter's score is full of energy and the title tune is actually memorable and fun.
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This first in the series of "Beach" movies made by AIP back in the 60's is my personal favorite of the lot. Bob Cummings is delightful as the bewhiskered professor studying the strange and primitive tribal rituals of the beach dwellers. Frankie is "cool" when he sings in a finger-snapping Bobby Darin kind of way. Annette is voluptuous and just as sweet as ever. Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) is hilarious as he deals with his gang (The Rats & The Mice-a bunch of stupids) and gives himself the finger.
Most important is the appearance of the King Of The Surf Guitar, Dick Dale with his Del-Tones. You want real California surfer/beach scene authenticity? Just watch the sun-tanned, earring-wearing Dale playing his left-handed, upside-down strung, reverb-drenched Fender Strat and wailing about jumpin' in his woodie and hot-doggin' on his board at his "Secret Surfin' Spot" where the "gremmies and the hodads never go". Priceless. Dated? Of course. Entertaining? You betcha! You like Dick Dale? Get this film. The fact that Frankie and Annette were hip to him moves them up a few notches on the "cool-ometer". Hooting!!
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